The Bucks were unable to extend their winning run to four
matches, but remained unbeaten in seven after taking a point from an
entertaining encounter at Leamington.
With five changes to the side that defeated Chester 3-1,
Gavin Cowan saw his side go a goal behind early on. From a long throw, a Bucks
player was adjudged to have handled in the penalty area and the Brakes leading
scorer, Matt Stenson, stepped up to send Max Bramley the wrong way from the
Stenson and strike partner Jack Edwards were proving to be a
handful, and it took the Bucks a while to settle down and begin to play, without
creating a clear-cut opportunity. However, on 34 minutes they drew level. Adam
Dawson, fouled just outside the penalty area, stepped up to beat the wall and Brakes
keeper Breeden with the free-kick, Breeden unable to get a strong enough hand to
Dawson’s low effort.
Leamington’s riposte was an angled shot from Kieran Dunbar
that cleared the crossbar, and Stenson headed over from a corner won by
HALF TIME: Leamington 1 AFC Telford United 1
The hosts fell asleep at the start of the second half, and the
Bucks took advantage, Andre Brown meeting a right-wing Dawson cross at full
stretch to direct a terrific header into the corner of the net to make it 2-1. The
Bucks enjoyed a good spell but just after the hour had a close call, Stenson
getting behind Smith and his low cross was just turned away from Dunbar by
Sutton. However, from the resulting corner, the Bucks failed to clear and Jamie
Hood scored from close range after some frantic play.
Within seconds, the Bucks had a chance to regain the lead, when
the broke at speed and Brown was fouled to concede a penalty. After a lengthy
delay and some Brakes gamesmanship, Brown took the kick but saw Breeden dive to
his left to palm it away.
Chances continued to come as both sides sought to win it.
Dunbar struck the base of the post from 20 yards, whilst Brown shot narrowly
over on the volley, but there were to be no further goals. Cowan revealed his
player were hugely disappointed not to win, however the manager viewed it as
FULL TIME: Leamington 2 AFC Telford United 2Leamington: Breeden, English, Bowen, Clarke, Hood, Mace,
Dunbar, Gittings, Stenson (Dwyer 82), Edwards, Taylor.
Substitutes: Magunda, Steele, Obeng, Morris.
Bookings: Clarke, Stenson, Dunbar.
Scorers: Stenson (7), Hood (62).